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ALARM FOR THE CITY AS MET OFFICE PREDICTS HIGHEST HIGH TIDE IN A 100 YEARS

hige-tideWith the promised flood modeling system still not in place four years after the 26/7 deluge, and the nullah-cleaning work far from completion, the MCGM has hit upon an ingenious solution to hide its shortcomings: it will issue an advisory asking all visitors to stay away from the city on or around July 24. As per the meteorological office five days are likely to be crucial this monsoon with very high tides, and if these are accompanied by heavy rainfall, the city can go under once again. July 24 in particular is expected to have tides as high as 5.05 meters, the highest in a hundred years. With its drain rehauling project BRIMSTOWAD still two years away from completion, the BMC has deemed that the best way to deal with any impending crisis would be to keep people out of the equation. So while the traditional crisis management would be to ensure that city remains on track and people keep going, MCGM wants people to stop in their tracks and keep the city going. This year, there will be 22 such days during the monsoon, of which at least five such days when the high tide will be in excess of 4.5 meters. A high tide of 4.48 metres and a rainfall of 994 mm had wreaked havoc in the city on July 26, 2005, bringing the city to a complete standstill for three days. Damages to the properties in city were estimated at over Rs 1000 crore and over 800 people died following floods and diseases. However, it is ironic that the civic administration will be issuing a precautionary press note asking outsiders to stay away. And while the MCGM has miserably failed to set up a system to tackle any such situation, on the other hand it is planning to spend Rs 27 Cr to set up or rather

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